Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy

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Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy
Developer(s)Lucas Learning
Release2000
Genre(s)Educational

Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy is an educational Star Wars game released by Lucas Learning in 2000 for Windows and Macintosh. The game used characters from The Phantom Menace to teach kids basic maths skills.[1]

Development[edit]

Our main goal with Star Wars Math was to create an engaging game for kids, that still has all the components parents are looking for: recognizable math content, high replayability, and an overarching goal with lots of rewards and encouragement. We wanted to go beyond the standard math drill and practice software game and excite kids about math in a new and fun way that was well integrated with the Star Wars universe.

— Collette Michaud, project leader for Lucas Learning., The Force[2]

After working on various games as LucasArts - the last of which was Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion, Collette Michaud helped to found the children's edutainment-themed sister company Lucas Learning and served as project leader and designer of “Droidworks” and “Star Wars Math Jabba’s Game Galaxy." Early on, a few Lucas Learning employees met with George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch to discuss his goals or creating learning software for children, which led to Lucas offering some early noted for DroidWorks; however he soon became preoccupied with the Star Wars prequel trilogy so didn't offer much interaction after that, including for Star Wars Math.[3]

At the 2001 National Educational Computing Conference, Lucas Learning announced the direct-to-school distribution of 6 of the their titles, including Star Wars Math.[4][5]

Buying via the The LucasArts Company Store, customers would get a limited-edition magnetic jigsaw puzzle.[6]

Plot and gameplay[edit]

The aim of the game is to build spaceships and travel around the galaxy.

Players play minigames based on popular games such as Dueling Dice (a simplified version of blackjack) and Holochex (based on checkers).[7]

Each of the minigames "supports the content standards for primary grades developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)".[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Macworld praised the animation, though felt the educational content was lacking.[9] Newsday and The Washington Times liked the "extraordinary" animation and the Hollywood soundtrack, ultimately deeming it a fun experience for fans of the franchise.[10][11] The Washington Times liked that the game's construction "slyly" taught players basic arithmetic and logic in a "totally fun" way that made the reviewer smile.[12] Daily Campus disliked the character of Watto, though felt he was redeemed in games such as Star Wars Math.[13] Chron felt the minigames were "agreeably atmospheric and offbeat", though felt they were more work than play.[14] Vandal asserted that in the ourvre of Star Wars titles, this is one of the few educational games, and requires players to do continuous mathematical calculations.[15] Allgame felt the game contained both good and bad elements of design.[16]

The Parenting Center honoured it as a Seal of Approval Winner Holiday 2000.[17]

Awards and accolades[18][edit]

  • Holiday, 2000 The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • November, 2000 NewMedia INVISION Award Gold: Hard Media - Education Kids 7-12
  • October, 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum - Best Toy Award
  • October 2000 Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products for 2000
  • October, 2000 Dr. Toy's 10 Best Software/CD-Rom/High Tech Products for 2000
  • September, 2000 Children's Software Revue All Star Software 2000 Award

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank (2017-12-23). ""Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy" Computer Game Review". Video Games, Wikis, Cheats, Walkthroughs, Reviews, News & Videos. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  2. ^ https://www.theforce.net/collecting/story/Lucas_Learning_Unveils_Two_New_Titles_75502.asp
  3. ^ "the Collette Michaud Interview | Slope's Game Room on Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  4. ^ "TheForce.Net - Video Games - Lucas Learning Focuses on Direct-to-School". www.theforce.net. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  5. ^ "Lucas Learning - Press Releases - Lucas Learning Offers Educational Software Library". web.archive.org. 2002-06-08. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "TheForce.Net - Latest News - C-News 8.4.2000". www.theforce.net. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  7. ^ "Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy". Macworld. 2000-12-01. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  8. ^ "Lucas Learning - Press Release Archives - Math in a Whole New Way, In That Galaxy Far, Far Away - Lucas Learning Releases Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy". web.archive.org. 2002-12-09. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  9. ^ "Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy". Macworld. 2000-12-01. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  10. ^ September 26, Hope Katz Gibbs Hope Katz Gibbs is a writer with the Washington Post; Pm, 2000 8:00. "SOFTWARE / Math Games For Star Wars' Young Fans". Newsday. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  11. ^ "Install Now?". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  12. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "Star Wars math multiplies fun, learning". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  13. ^ "Learning to like Watto from 'Star Wars,' for all his horribleness". The Daily Campus. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  14. ^ Reeks, Anne; Chronicle, Copyright 2000 Houston (2000-09-08). "At Home: Games from 2 kids' icons offer more work than play". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  15. ^ "Star Wars y los Videojuegos (III)". Vandal (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  16. ^ "Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy - Review - allgame". web.archive.org. 2014-11-16. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  17. ^ "Seal of Approval Winner Holiday 2000 Star Wars Math: Jabba's Game Galaxy : The National Parenting Center". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  18. ^ "Lucas Learning - Awards - Star Wars Software Products". web.archive.org. 2002-02-08. Retrieved 2019-05-16.